Dusty Baker Named Manager of Washington Nationals

Dusty Baker is the new manager of the Washington Nationals, the team announced Tuesday. 

Baker, 66, signed a multi-year contract with the team. He is the sixth field manager in the team's history. 

Baker is the 17th-winningest manager in baseball history and brings with him nearly 50 years of professional baseball history, according to the team. 

He has also managed teams in San Francisco, Chicago and Cincinnati. 

“We were looking for a manager to help us achieve our ultimate goal of competing for a World Series championship,” said Theodore N. Lerner, Managing Principal Owner of the Nationals.

Last month, Manager Matt Williams was fired by the Washington Nationals after a season in which the team went from World Series favorite to failing to make the playoffs.

The Nationals also fired seven members of Williams' staff: bench coach Randy Knorr, pitching coach Steve McCatty, hitting coach Rick Schu, third base coach Bobby Henley, first base coach Tony Tarasco, bullpen coach Matt LeCroy, and defensive coordinator Mark Weidemaier.

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